Ohio Senate race: Candidates J.D. Vance, Tim Ryan facing off in live town hall hosted by Fox

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and Trump-endorsed Republican and "Hillbilly Elegy" author J.D. Vance are scheduled to debate again before Election Day on Nov. 8, 2022.
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and Trump-endorsed Republican and "Hillbilly Elegy" author J.D. Vance are scheduled to debate again before Election Day on Nov. 8, 2022.

Ohio Senate candidates Republican J.D. Vance and Democrat Tim Ryan are facing off in a live town hall exactly one week before Election Day after clashing in two heated debates earlier this month.

The candidates previously clashed over abortion, gun control and immigration. 

The event, hosted by Fox and taking place at The Fives rooftop venue in Columbus, is not connected to the two prior debates. 

Vance and Ryan debated inflation, Vance’s support for former President Donald Trump and Ryan’s support for President Joe Biden in the leadup to the election. 

The appearance could play a crucial role in swaying last-minute voters just one week before Election Day. Under the format, Ryan is answering questions during the first half hour and Vance is answering questions the second half hour so they’re not sharing a stage at the same time.

Fox News hosts Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum question U.S. Senate candidate Tim Ryan during a town hall in Columbus on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.

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